Head­quar­ters Bulawayo District

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - War­rant Of­fi­cer Class One, Al­most Max Mthembo

HEAD­QUAR­TERS Bulawayo District, for­merly Llewellin Bar­racks was named Im­bizo Bar­racks deriv­ing the name from the his­tor­i­cal back­ground of the land on which this head­quar­ters was built and the ac­tiv­i­ties of the gen­eral area.

King Loben­gula was well known in the king­dom and be­yond for his mil­i­tary skill­ful­ness and abil­ity. Im­bizo was King Loben­gula’s crack force that was set up after his coro­na­tion in 1870.

Head­quar­ters Bulawayo District or Im­bizo Bar­racks pop­u­larly known as Llewellin or Heany Bar­racks be­ing colo­nial era names is a mil­i­tary in­sti­tu­tion lo­cated 22 kilo­me­tres east of Bulawayo along the Bulawayo – Harare Road

Head­quar­ters Bulawayo District com­mands and ad­min­is­ters these schools in or­der to achieve the ZDF train­ing ob­jec­tives. The schools do not train ZDF mem­bers only but also other uni­formed forces from our sis­ter units namely Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice and Zim­babwe Prison and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and Al­lied Forces of the Namib­ian De­fence Forces. Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy/Re­cruit Train­ing

De­pot Im­bizo Bar­racks is home and ad­min­is­tra­tion hub of ma­jor train­ing of all ZNA sol­diers in var­i­ous mil­i­tary schools.

The mould­ing of sol­diers be­gins at Ibumba Le­butho at the Re­cruit­ing Train­ing De­pot and the Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy in Gweru, the only two of­fi­cial en­try points into the ZNA. The two in­sti­tu­tions have a role to trans­form a per­son from a civil­ian into a sol­dier. The ZMA is re­spon­si­ble for train­ing of of­fi­cer cadets, po­ten­tial of­fi­cers and ba­sic of­fi­cers. RTD Re­cruit Train­ing De­pot is re­spon­si­ble for the train­ing of gen­eral duty sol­diers.

Zim­babwe School of In­fantry It is re­spon­si­ble for train­ing non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers and it also en­sures that the qual­ity and stan­dards are main­tained and match with the new tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments. This school is lo­cated 65km along the Bulawayo-Beit­bridge road.

This ex­plains the mas­sive work the com­mand el­e­ment that Bulawayo District is en­trusted with. The cur­rent com­man­der of Bulawayo Colonel Ran­tham Moyo who took over from Bri­gadier Gen­eral Exse­bi­ous Vusa Tshuma and is deputised by Lieu­tenant Colonel Tsomeka is in charge of the day to day ac­tiv­i­ties in the for­ma­tion re­placed the late Lieu­tenant Colonel Pa­trick R Mun­yan­duki. Ma­jor T Ponde is now the gen­eral staff of­fi­cer grade two. Ma­jor Dh­li­wayo is now the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Staff Of­fi­cer grade two and Ma­jor T S Hlatshwayo is Quar­ter­mas­ter Staff Of­fi­cer Grade two. Com­man­dants of the schools are Lieu­tenant Colonel Thomp­son Mkhwananzi the com­man­dant RTD, Com­man­dant School of Sig­nals Lieu­tenant Colonel Jerry Mabaya, Com­man­dant School of Mu­sic Lieu­tenant Colonel Pa­trick Mhlanga, Com­man­dant Med­i­cal Train­ing School, Lieu­tenant Colonel Trou­ble Chido, Com­man­dant School of Mil­i­tary Po­lice Lieu­tenant Colonel Magura and Com­man­dant Zim­babwe School of In­fantry Lieu­tenant Colonel Masaka and Com­man­dant Ord­nance and Trans­port Train­ing School Lieu­tenant Colonel Big­boy Singo, just to men­tion but a few.

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